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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 25 October 2016

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Digital Economy Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [11 October 2016, as

 

amended on 18 October 2016 and 20 October 2016].

 


 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

107

 

Clause  38,  page  36,  line  12,  leave out from “that” to end of subsection and insert—

 

“(a)    

the authority or civil registration official to whom it is disclosed (the

 

“recipient”) requires the information to enable the recipient to exercise

 

one or more of the recipient’s functions and,

 

(b)    

the data subjects whose information is being disclosed have given valid

 

consent under data protection legislation.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove bulk sharing while allowing certificates to be shared to support

 

electronic government services.


 
 

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Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

97

 

Clause  38,  page  36,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

An authority or civil registration official requiring the information must specify

 

the reasons for requiring the information to be disclosed.

 

(2AA)    

Information disclosed under this section shall not be shared with any other public

 

or private body beyond those specified in subsection (1).”

 

Matt Hancock

 

119

 

Clause  38,  page  37,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The code of practice must be consistent with the code of practice issued under

 

section 52B (data-sharing code) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as altered or

 

replaced from time to time).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a code of practice issued under section 19AC of the Registration Service

 

Act 1953 by the Registrar General and relating to the disclosure of information under section

 

19AA of that Act to be consistent with the data-sharing code of practice issued by the Information

 

Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 


 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

190

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  40,  page  39,  line  21,  leave out “have regard, in particular, to” and insert

 

“must comply with”

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

120

 

Clause  41,  page  40,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(ba)    

for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social

 

behaviour,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 123 create a further exception to the bar on using information

 

disclosed under Chapter 3 of Part 5 of the Bill for a purpose other than that for which it was

 

disclosed. The amendments allow use for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of

 

anti-social behaviour.

 

Matt Hancock

 

121

 

Clause  41,  page  40,  line  6,  leave out “(whether or not in the United Kingdom)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that a criminal investigation for the purposes of

 

clause 41(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis

 

that a reference to a criminal investigation covers an investigation overseas in any event.


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Matt Hancock

 

122

 

Clause  41,  page  40,  line  8,  leave out “and whether or not in the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that legal proceedings for the purposes of clause

 

41 may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis that a

 

reference to legal proceedings covers proceedings overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

123

 

Clause  41,  page  40,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2)(ba) “anti-social behaviour” has the same meaning as in Part 1

 

of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 2 of that

 

Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 120.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

124

 

Clause  42,  page  41,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social

 

behaviour,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 127 create a further exception to the bar on the further disclosure

 

of information disclosed under Chapter 3 of Part 5 of the Bill, allowing disclosure for the

 

prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social behaviour.

 

Matt Hancock

 

125

 

Clause  42,  page  41,  line  5,  leave out “(whether or not in the United Kingdom)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that a criminal investigation for the purposes of

 

clause 42(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis

 

that a reference to a criminal investigation covers an investigation overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

126

 

Clause  42,  page  41,  line  8,  leave out “and whether or not in the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that legal proceedings for the purposes of clause

 

42(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis that

 

a reference to legal proceedings covers proceedings overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

127

 

Clause  42,  page  41,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2)(da) “anti-social behaviour” has the same meaning as in Part 1

 

of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 2 of that

 

Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 124.


 
 

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

Matt Hancock

 

128

 

Clause  42,  page  41,  line  13,  leave out subsections (3) and (4) insert—

 

“( )    

A person commits an offence if—

 

(a)    

the person discloses personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(1), and

 

(b)    

at the time that the person makes the disclosure, the person knows that

 

the disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether the

 

disclosure does so.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment applies to the disclosure of personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(1) of clause 42. It has the effect that it is an offence to do so only if the person knows that the

 

disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether it does so.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

129

 

Clause  44,  page  42,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The code of practice must be consistent with the code of practice issued under

 

section 52B (data-sharing code) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as altered or

 

replaced from time to time).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a code of practice issued under clause 44 by the relevant Minister and

 

relating to the disclosure of information under clause 40 to be consistent with the data-sharing

 

code of practice issued by the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

191

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  44,  page  42,  line  8,  leave out “have regard to” and insert “comply with”

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

130

 

Clause  45,  page  43,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The relevant Minister may only make regulations under subsection (5)—

 

(a)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Scotland,

 

with the consent of the Scottish Ministers;

 

(b)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Wales, with

 

the consent of the Welsh Ministers;

 

(c)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Northern

 

Ireland, with the consent of the Department of Finance in Northern

 

Ireland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the relevant Minister to obtain the consent of the Scottish Minsters,

 

Welsh Ministers or Department of Finance before making regulations which, following a review


 
 

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under clause 45, amend or repeal Chapter 3 of Part 5 and make provision relating to Scotland,

 

Wales or Northern Ireland respectively.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

131

 

Clause  49,  page  46,  line  43,  at end insert—

 

“(ba)    

for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social

 

behaviour,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 134 create a further exception to the bar on using information

 

disclosed under Chapter 4 of Part 5 of the Bill for a purpose other than that for which it was

 

disclosed. The amendments allows use for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention

 

of anti-social behaviour.

 

Matt Hancock

 

132

 

Clause  49,  page  46,  line  44,  leave out “(whether or not in the United Kingdom)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that a criminal investigation for the purposes of

 

clause 49(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis

 

that a reference to a criminal investigation covers an investigation overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

133

 

Clause  49,  page  46,  line  46,  leave out “and whether or not in the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that legal proceedings for the purposes of clause

 

49(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis that

 

a reference to legal proceedings covers proceedings overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

134

 

Clause  49,  page  47,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2)(ba) “anti-social behaviour” has the same meaning as in Part 1

 

of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 2 of that

 

Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 131.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

135

 

Clause  50,  page  47,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

for the prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social

 

behaviour,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendment 138 create a further exception to the bar on the further disclosure


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 25 October 2016                  

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

of information disclosed under Chapter 4 of Part 5 of the Bill, allowing disclosure for the

 

prevention or detection of crime or the prevention of anti-social behaviour.

 

Matt Hancock

 

136

 

Clause  50,  page  48,  line  1,  leave out “(whether or not in the United Kingdom)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that a criminal investigation for the purposes of

 

clause 50(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis

 

that a reference to a criminal investigation covers an investigation overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

137

 

Clause  50,  page  48,  line  4,  leave out “and whether or not in the United Kingdom”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the provision stating that legal proceedings for the purposes of clause

 

50(2) may be within or outside the United Kingdom. This is for consistency and on the basis that

 

a reference to legal proceedings covers proceedings overseas in any event.

 

Matt Hancock

 

138

 

Clause  50,  page  48,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In subsection (2)(da) “anti-social behaviour” has the same meaning as in Part 1

 

of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 2 of that

 

Act).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 135.

 

Matt Hancock

 

139

 

Clause  50,  page  48,  line  12,  leave out subsections (3) and (4) insert—

 

“( )    

A person commits an offence if—

 

(a)    

the person discloses personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(1), and

 

(b)    

at the time that the person makes the disclosure, the person knows that

 

the disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether the

 

disclosure does so.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment applies to the disclosure of personal information in contravention of subsection

 

(1) of clause 50. It has the effect that it is an offence to do so only if the person knows that the

 

disclosure contravenes that subsection or is reckless as to whether it does so.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

140

 

Clause  52,  page  49,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The code of practice must be consistent with the code of practice issued under

 

section 52B (data-sharing code) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as altered or

 

replaced from time to time).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a code of practice issued under clause 52 by the relevant Minister and


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 25 October 2016                  

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Digital Economy Bill, continued

 
 

relating to the disclosure of information under clause 48 to be consistent with the data-sharing

 

code of practice issued by the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Louise Haigh

 

Kevin Brennan

 

192

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  52,  page  49,  line  8,  leave out “have regard to” and insert “comply with”

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

141

 

Clause  53,  page  50,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The relevant Minister may only make regulations under subsection (5)—

 

(a)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Scotland,

 

with the consent of the Scottish Ministers;

 

(b)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Wales, with

 

the consent of the Welsh Ministers;

 

(c)    

in a case where the regulations include provision relating to Northern

 

Ireland, with the consent of the Department of Finance in Northern

 

Ireland.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the relevant Minister to obtain the consent of the Scottish Minsters,

 

Welsh Ministers or Department of Finance before making regulations which, following a review

 

under clause 53, amend or repeal Chapter 4 of Part 5 and make provision relating to Scotland,

 

Wales or Northern Ireland respectively.

 


 

Matt Hancock

 

142

 

Clause  56,  page  52,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

For the purposes of the first condition the information may be processed by—

 

(a)    

the public authority,

 

(b)    

a person other than the public authority, or

 

(c)    

both the public authority and a person other than the public authority,

 

    

(subject to the following provisions of this Part).

 

(3B)    

Personal information may be disclosed for the purpose of processing it for

 

disclosure under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

by a public authority to a person involved in processing the information

 

for that purpose;

 

(b)    

by one such person to another such person.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment and amendments 143, 144, 146 to 149, 151 to 153, 159, 160 and 162 to 166 relate

 

to the processing of information for disclosure under clause 56 so as to remove identifying

 

features. They make it clear that a person other than the public authority which is the source of the

 

information may be involved in processing that information.


 
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